Truth and Beauty

The Japanese say that “If man has no tea in him, he is incapable of understanding truth and beauty”. We all know how wise everyone is in the East. This week I am going to talk about ‘Camellia sinensis’ – better known as ‘tea’. Truly the best drink of the day. Tea contains less caffeine…

Trial by Jury

Trial by jury is a fundamental right in British and North American justice. The idea that one should be judged by one’s equals is central to the concept that we are all equal under the law. It’s importance can not be overstated. Since 1225 juries have the duty, “to judge the justice of the law,…

Too Many Cooks

All the best chefs are men and in the Basque country women are not allowed to be members of the traditional gourmet societies. So why am I such a bad cook? There is an English saying that “Too many cooks spoil the broth” . Well, I can spoil it all by myself. My work colleagues…

No Business Like Showbusiness

I studied theatre and the performing arts and have worked as an actor and director of theatre plays. It’s not surprising then that I think all the world’s a stage. I also happen to think that the world of business can learn a lot from the world of showbusiness. Suggestion No 1 : Preparations Theatre…

The Unaware Life is not Worth Living

The man in the photograph was condemned by the Spanish Inquisition. The Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (the direct descendant of the Inquisition) have said that this man’s writings could be dangerous. They are right. Listen to one of his stories. ‘All questions at the public meeting that day were about life beyond…

The Blackfoot Massacre

History is written by the winners and the shameful history of the treatment of the North American Indians is no exception. In 1870 A colonel Eugene Baker added another page to the annals of infamy when he ordered the killing of a peaceful tribe of Blackfoot Indians in North Montana. Baker was a drunkard and…

The French

There are 365 types of cheese in France. They use 19 different grapes to produce their wines. Only the Japanese live longer. They say that an English man walks down a road as if he owns the road. A Frenchman, on the other hand, walks down a road as if he doesn’t care who owns…

The Final Frontier

Yes, your Granny kissed men!I think one of the least mentioned frontiers is between the young and old. When we look at old people we think of the past. But we should really think of the future. Those old people’s homes, those hospital beds, those walking sticks and rheumatism pills will all be ours in…

The Beautiful Game

“Football is not a matter of life and death,” said the legendary Bill Shankley, manager of Liverpool FC in the 1960’s, ” It is far more important than that.” When I was a kid growing up in the industrial city of Stoke-on-Trent, my local football team was Port Vale. They were rubbish. The stadium had…

Talking to Yourself

In most countries talking to yourself is a sign of mental instability, if not downright madness. The reason hand-free telephones are now never used outside of the car is that no-one wants to look as if they are vocalising an internal dialogue. “The voices told me to do it” is the often used plea of…